microfilament


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microfilament

[¦mī·krō′fil·ə·mənt]
(cell and molecular biology)
One of the cytoplasmic fibrous structures, about 5 nanometers in diameter, virtually identical to actin; thought to be important in the processes of phagocytosis and pinocytosis.
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Microtubules and microfilaments were visualized in the cells as described previously [19].
Although the levels of protein and gene expression of MAPRE1 were not different after IR/OGDR at every time point examined, it could be explained that the integrity or redistribution of microtubules and microfilament might be more relevant to the trafficking of Cx43 containing vesicles.
We also observed that the underlying mechanism for DBP-induced germ cell aggregation is probably a loss of Sertoli-germ cell membrane interaction, potentially due to microfilament redistribution within Sertoli cells.
The resulting composites were extruded through a twin-screw microcompounder (DSM Xplore) at 230[degrees]C and 100 rpm to produce microfilaments of about 100 pm diameter.
Glomerular ultrastructure studies revealed obvious diffuse effacement of podocyte foot process, swelling of mitochondria, and disarrangement of microfilaments of the podocytes on day 3, a phenomenon that occurred before appearance of massive proteinuria.
Singer, "Vinculin, an intracellular protein localized at specialized sites where microfilament bundles terminate at cell membranes," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol.
The target of anti-Tm drugs is the protein, Tm5NM1, an integral part of the microfilament component of the cytoskeleton of a cell.
This is also a good place for low stretch, highly sensitive microfilament line.
In the present study, microfilament organization changed after mechanical strain and/or HA/Col treatment(s), which might be one of the key factors in the cellular response to extracellular signals.
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In addition, jasplakinolide (JAS), which induces microfilament polymerization and stabilization and therefore acts as a microfilament inhibitor, prevents spindle migration to the oocyte cortex (Terada et al., 2000).
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